Regardless of breed, if you are a New Jersey horseperson, you need to mark September 29 on your calendar and head to Freehold Raceway for the first Open Space Day. While harness racing will be featured, the event is important to all people involved in horses, be they standardbred, thoroughbred, or any other breed of horse whether the horse is a used for racing or pleasure riding. Open Space Day celebrate the contributions the horse brings to New Jersey with respect to maintaining open space in the Garden State as well as its economic contributions.
Not only will the day be educational, it will be entertaining as well. A parade of horses will kick-off at 9:30am with activity moving to Freehold Raceway starting at 11:00am. The day features, educational exhibits, displays and booths from advocacy and area non-profit organizations. Of course, there will be racing including amateur, celebrity, and under saddle races plus the Open Space Pace as the feature race on the racing card. Starting at 4:30pm, a concert by a nationally recognized group will be held (tickets required for the concert).
So show your support to New Jersey's equine industry, not only by attending Open Pace Day, but by bringing others along with you to what should be an entertaining day. Let your friends learn about the contributions horse racing brings to the state both economically and with respect to quality of life issues.
Speaking of Freehold Raceway, the summer-fall meet begins on Thursday, August 30 with first post of 12:30pm. Stakes races for New Jersey-sired horses is always the highlight of the summer-fall meet with the NJSS Green Acres races kicking-off on Friday along with the eliminations of the Helen Smith Trot and Lou Babic Pace.